Pan-Seared Inexpensive Steak
From America's Test Kitchen Season 6: Dinner on a Dime
A pan sauce can be made while the steaks rest after cooking (see related recipes); if you intend to make a sauce, make sure to prepare all of the sauce ingredients before cooking the steaks. To serve two instead of four, use a 10-inch skillet to cook a 1-pound steak and halve the sauce ingredients. Bear in mind that even those tasters who usually prefer rare beef preferred these steaks cooked medium-rare or medium because the texture is firmer and not quite so chewy.